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When Apple launched iPhone in 2007, it redefined smartphone industry. 10 years later, the tech giant is all set to change the way we use a phone. With the Home button finally being eliminated from the iPhone 8, dock and gesture controls are going to pave the way forward for an altogether new experience!

So, how will you navigate through the iPhone 8 without the iconic Home button? Well, many of you would be asking this question, wondering what could be the life on the iPhone without the ever-green Touch ID button. Hence, I thought it would be cool, to sum up, the most important things about the dock, gestures controls and other hot newbies which are going to arrive with iPhone 8.

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Features of iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Dock, Gesture Controls, and More: 10 Things You Should Know

#1. According to Bloomberg, iPhone 8 will not feature a non-moving Home button like iPhone 7's nor will it come with a virtual one. Instead, it will flaunt iPad-like Dock and new gesture controls to let you navigate through the interface.

Whats New in iPhone 8

#2. iPhone 8 would display a thin bar at the bottom of the screen, where Touch ID button is currently located. Users will need to swipe up on this bar to unlock the device.

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#3. Inside an app, users will need to swipe up on the screen to access redesigned multi tasking UI. Regarding functionality, it's quite similar to the new multitasking gestures for iPad in iOS 11.

iPad Like iPhone 8 Dock

#4. iPhone 8's app switcher is redesigned around standalone cards which can be dragged upwards or swiped through to close the app and go back to the Home screen.

#5. Even with the larger screen, the Home screen won't see much change as it will continue to have six rows of apps per page. “The screen is also noticeably taller than the iPhone 7 Plus’s screen, meaning it could show more of a web page or additional text messages, the people said. The phone will still have six vertical rows of apps, showing 24 icons on each page, excluding the dock, a gray bar at the bottom that houses commonly used apps. The dock is redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad version of iOS 11.”

iPhone 8 Dock Mockup

#6. The edge-to-edge screen powered by OLED display will provide awesome media viewing experience. “The color reproduction of the OLED screen means that when the display shows black, it blends in nearly perfectly with the phone's notch and thin black edges on the front, presenting a seamless look,” according to sources.

#7. iPhone 8 will flaunt symmetrical, slim bezels. The earpiece, facial recognition sensor, and selfie camera have been located in the notch at the top of the screen.

#8. The status bar on iPhone 8 will have a new look. While time will be on the left side, cellular, Wi-Fi connectivity and remaining battery life displayed on the right side of the bar. Most interestingly, the status bar could change by the task at hand.

iPhone 8 Status Bar Image Source: Benjamin Geskin

#9. The new screen will be slightly rounded on the corners. (Currently, iPhone screens feature square corners.) The power button on the right side of the phone is made to be slightly longer to make it easier to press while holding the device in one hand.

#10. The upcoming iPhone would feature a stainless steel band with the glass back very much like iPhone 4 and 4s. The steel band features a small antenna cuts on the corners to boost reception.

Wrapping up

What do you think of iPhone 8's dock and the gesture controls? Toss up your feedback in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.